Pop’s Bar and Grill in Palatine is a place where you can count on a friendly face, a cold beer and a game on a large screen TV. What you probably don’t know is that the kitchen is manned by a chef with expertise in Italian Cuisine. Come for a drink and stay for the food, you won’t be disappointed.
On September 29th we interviewed Peter Pinion about his bar and grill in downtown Palatine. Pops is not only his business but also his home away from home. Peter is young, energetic and has been in the bar and restaurant business most of his adult life. Chances are you will see him when you visit.
How long have you owned Pops (Pete’s of Palatine)?
I opened Pop’s four years ago, I bought it from my best friend and got married in the same month. I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone. I used to hang out here so when the opportunity came, I jumped at the chance to buy it.
Which part of your background in the industry helps you most in running Pop’s?
I used to bartend, I love people and I think it gave me a better understanding of what my customers want.
What kind of beer and liquor selection can customers expect to find at Pop’s?
We have a great selection of craft, domestic, imported and seasonal beers. We also have a full liquor selection however we don’t serve blended drinks.
Tell us about your food menu.
We have a full menu but are probably best known for our wings and pizza. Our chef use to be the chef at a local Italian Restaurant, everything is fresh and made from scratch, including our pizza dough.
I wouldn’t have guessed you made pizza here.
we do and in addition to the traditional pizzas that you find everywhere we offer some specialty pizzas such as our “Pot Roast Pizza” and our “Pulled Pork with Giardiniera”
What’s your favorite thing on your menu?
(Pause) It’s hard to pick one thing, but I would have to say it’s the “Spicy Garlic Wings”
Do you run any specials?
We do, we have a different food, liquor and beer special everyday of the week. Even on week-ends.
There are a lot of bars and restaurant right here in downtown Palatine. Do you think that hurts or helps your business?
I think it’s great. It makes Palatine is a great destination for bars and dining as well as bar-crawls. We are located minutes from the train.
I noticed your party room in the back, is that available for private parties?
Absolutely, we don’t charge for the room and our chef will make anything the customers wants, even if it’s not on the menu. The room has a 92″ screen so a lot of fantasy football and baseball teams will use the room. We also have a power point projector for business meetings. The room has been used for bachelor and bachelorette parties even baby showers.
With all the large screen T.V.’s do you get a lot of people coming in to watch games?
Yes and for $5.00 during every Bears home game we have an all you can eat buffet of wings, pizza and chili.
What else would you like people to know about Pop’s?
I try to treat everyone that walks through the door like a friend or family member. We have no cover charge and this is a great place to socialize.
Pop’s Bar and Grill
19 N. Bothwell
Palatine, IL 60067
Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.